News round Up South West Fife Area Committee - Wednesday 15 March, 2017

Archived news: published on Wednesday 15 Mar 2017 by Fife Council

The South West Fife Area Committee met this morning in the Civic Centre Inverkeithing.  Here's an update on the main items discussed and what was agreed:


Traffic Regulation Order (TRO): Traffic waiting restrictions in the Ferrytoll Area

The South West Fife Area Committee agreed to promote a Traffic Regulation Order to replace previous speed restrictions made redundant by the current roadworks around the Ferrytoll interchange.The new restrictions will affect: Dunfermline Wynd; B980 Castlandhill Road; King Malcolm Drive; Milne Road; Ferry Toll Road and the Ferrytoll Interchange Roundabout.

As part of the TRO all vehicular traffic except buses and service vehicles will be prohibited from using the new bus turning circle at Ferrytoll Park. Vehicles using the car park now have a separate access road.

 Full details of the Traffic Order and the new speed limits are available on Fife Direct. There will be a 21 day statutory consultation period for these proposed restrictions


Objections to Road Construction Consent for a road in Cairneyhill

Members discussed objections to Road Construction Consent feing given for the upgrading of Pitdinnie Road in Cairneyhill. After consideration of the various points it was felt that they had all been satisfactorily addressed and it was agreed that the works should be given the go ahead. The final Roads Construction Consent will be issued once the required financial Bond, to cover the cost of works, has been lodged with the council.


Tree Preservation Order

 Members of the Committee have agreed to the creation of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to cover some trees at Blairwood Cottages, Carnock Road, Oakley.

The six mature trees: 3 beech, 2 oak and a sycamore, initially came under threat from a planning application to create off-road parking for one of the cottages. This application has since been withdrawn although it was felt that the TPO would better protect the trees from damage should any applications be submitted in future. The trees give considerable amenable value to the area and it is felt that works could have a serious detrimental effect on the root systems of the trees.


Re-erection of Beamer Rock Lighthouse

After careful consideration the Committee have agreed, in principle, to allow council officers to progress, subject to further consultation, with a plan to re-erect the Beamer Rock Lighthouse as an informal gateway feature on the hill overlooking the Forth Road Bridge.

It was felt that more detailed discussion  was required with the North Queensferry Community to inform them of the details and limitations of the plan. There is a tight timescale within which this project could go ahead. Time has a massive impact on funding opportunities and availability of the stones to Fife Council. Too much of a delay could mean the lighthouse is lost to future generations of Fifers.

The 185 year old lighthouse is an early 19thcentury example of Stevenson maritime architecture. It was removed from its original site to make way for one of the footings of the new bridge.

If moved to the new site the lighthouse could become a significant WW1 memorial overlooking the three bridges and the Rosyth Dockyard. If the community agree, it is hoped that the lighthouse could be in place by November 2018. This will be fit in with a series of nationwide events to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the end of World War 1.


Fife Cultural Trust Annual Review

Councillors at the South West Fife Area Committee were given a review of some of the diverse work and successful events of Fife Cultural Trust (FCT) over the period April 2015 to March 2016. FCT manage, operate and deliver Fife Council’s cultural services. This includes: libraries; museums and heritage venues; theatres; archives and Cultural Strategy.

FCT deliver these key priority areas:

•             Enhancing and promoting Fife’s cultural profile and reputation

•             Enhancing equality of opportunity

•             Caring for, developing and celebrating Fife’s culture and heritage

•             Helping Fife to Achieve its Economic Potential

•             Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Fifers

 Some of the highlights for South West Fife include:

  • The 7 Wonders Project worked with young people in South West Fife to collect ideas for highlights in their area. These were work up into a story which was then published.
  • The Big Book Brains Quiz inspires a love of reading among primary school children. 117 teams across signed up across Fife. The South West Area had 19 schools attend the event and involved 522 primary 6 pupils. Torryburn Primary School were the overall winners.
  • Over 100 of the popular Bookbug sessions took place in South West Fife. More than 2,300 people joined in. These are aimed at encouraging adults to read to their toddlers and babies.

Other events that took place across Fife include: a variety of events for Book Week Scotland; Fife Youth Arts helped youngsters take part in the Fringe 2016; and Festival 15 – which saw 350 young people plan, organise and perform;

Over the course of the last year, more than 2,300 South West area residents enjoyed performances at all our theatres, buying more than 11,500 tickets and generating £133,000 of income.

Visitor numbers to our museums and heritage sites has reached an all-time high of over 300,000 visitors during 2015/16. This will certainly increase with the opening of the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries in May this year. This new facility will bring fantastic cultural opportunities together in a stunning building that integrates with the world’s first Carnegie Library.


Former Fleet Grounds Progress

The Committee have been updated on the work being carried out to upgrade the Synthetic Turf Pitch at the former Fleet Grounds in Rosyth.

The works have seen the previous surface and shockpad removed and the installation of a new 3G Synthetic Turf pitch over a new shockpad.  Work has also included repairs to flood lighting and fences. Additional works will improve the access to the pavilion for people with disabilities.

It is anticipated that the facility will be leased by the South West Fife Community Sports Partnership (SWFCSP) who will oversee the operation of the changing pavilion, playing fields and carpark. There are currently 26 groups that have registered an interest in using the facility.


Local Community Plan funding request- Rosyth Children’s Gala

Members have approved funding of £8,500, from the Local Community Planning budget, for Rosyth Children’s Gala. In 2016  6,000 people attended the event as Rosyth Garden City celebrated its centenary. This year, the event in Rosyth Public Park, will bring together the town’s four primary schools and local youth organisations. The total cost for the Gala is £22,950. Rosyth Community Council will provide £3,500 and further funding is being sought.


Local Community Plan achievements

The committee members were given a full list work and events supported by the Local Community Plan for South West Fife Area. Year on year there has seen a reduction in resources, but no reduction in demand for support. This work has enabled the local community to be more engaged especially for the most vulnerable sections of our communities.

The Plan gives details of the 88 South West Fife Area projects given funding of over £5,000 within the last 5 years. Money is allocated under three priority theme - some of the projects include:

  • Investment and Land-use;
    • Woodland management projects
    • Various Fencing repairs including those at Prestonhill Quarry
    • Feasibility studies to allow community groups to progress projects
  • Transport and Community Links;
    • Purchase of a Community vehicle
    • Several areas of improved public greenspace, planting and maintenance
    • Work to Rosyth Boating Pond, Inverkeithing information boards and Culross tourist boards
    • Community Speed reduction signs
  • Access to Opportunity;
    • Funding towards a number of Skate Parks
    • Various South West villages Children’s Galas
    • Supporting new and existing youth groups.
    • Christmas Lights


Motion of support

Members were asked to recognise the unique position and operation of the Community Wing in the grounds of Inverkeithing High School. Staff and Friends of the Wing were to be congratulated for the above and beyond attitude they put in to keep the unique offering of the centre. Members agreed that all effort needs to be made to support the continuation of the Wing.



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